Replace the statue of Napoleon with that of Gisèle Halimi? A monumental controversy seizes Rouen

Jacques Tanguy does not idolize Napoleon, but he describes his statue as if he can still see it. “It is a monumental statue. It is several meters long, several meters high”, he explains. The aging work threatened to collapse, here it is being restored. However, the municipality plans to take this opportunity to replace the Emperor with a more feminine figure. The mayor notably proposed that the militant feminist lawyer Gisèle Halimi be the lucky one. An initiative that goes badly for the guide-lecturer. “We have too much of a tendency to erase history. It’s a kind of exaggeration”, he castigates.

In the streets of Rouen, enthusiasm is mixed. “We must keep the men, but also, perhaps, add more women”, says a passerby, interviewed by TF1. “For me, there should be no more statues of these men who – supposedly – made France”, retorts another. A few meters further, the co-manager of the 1er consul hotel does not agree at all. “Napoleon is our history. He did a lot for France. Good and bad, but he did a lot”, emphasizes Isabelle Lecesne.

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Not a “culture of erasure”

By the end of the year, a citizen consultation will be organized to find out who should be enthroned above this plinth. But beyond this discord, the municipality wants to fight against the lack of names of women in all public space. “This is the Anne Sylvestre elementary school. Until this summer, it was called Cavelier De La Salle elementary school”, point Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor PS of Rouen.

After this school and the ice rink, the streets of an entire neighborhood under construction will be fully feminized. “I don’t want a culture of erasure. There is room for everyone. But I’m just asking the question: who is erased today from public space and therefore from our history, if not. isn’t the women?“, launches the chosen one.

In Rouen as in France, women represent barely 5% of street names.

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